Category Archives: Dressage

A Pleasure, A Niggle and A Funny Incident

The Pleasure I had the pleasure of watching a dressage competition, not too far from here, last weekend. In only its second year, word had obviously spread that the previous year’s organisation and welcome had been a success. And this … Continue reading

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My Little …. Zebra?

I apologise if my last post sounded as if I’d awoken from a long slumber and got out of bed on the wrong side.  In the period since my post about Pom recovering from his temper tantrum (Welcome Back Dr. … Continue reading

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Is “Alpha” Better?

It is a credit to most assiduous, amateur horse-owners that they will try almost anything, give most new theories a chance in their quest to improve their riding and relationship with their horses. Forgive me if, having seen more than a … Continue reading

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Character Forming?

This week the rain desisted, the sun came out and so did my mini, early daffodils. Oh good, I thought, Spring can’t be that far off.  My grass arena and the country tracks should dry out and I can get … Continue reading

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Jean-François Pignon visits Cahors

Just by chance, I picked up a flyer for a local cinema to see that an “avant première” of Jean-François Pignon’s autobiographical film, “Gazelle” was being shown on Friday evening preceded by a personal appearance of the man himself and his horses in our home … Continue reading

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A Pushmi Pullyu Day

It’s quite a rarity – something between a blue moon and a red-letter day – a palindromic date.  But it only works if you write your dates European style:  21 02 2012. And because it’s the same backwards as forwards it’s something of … Continue reading

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Horse-husbands: an essential guide

Some, very fortunate, riders meet other riders with whom they fall poll-over-croup in love and lead a horsy-ever-after life.  Other lucky riders are still young enough to have some degree of back-up from parents or relatives.  Very few horse people, however fiercely independent, can do without help … Continue reading

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Middle-aged horsewomen; why do we do it?

This year, after accidents have kept me grounded for the best part of 9 months, I’ve travelled the internet like a tourist desperate to use up air miles.  I’ve discovered sites so many and various, I’ve completely redefined my understanding … Continue reading

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Walking the walk…and talking the talk?

So, after my second bone-break this year, and getting back to riding again after a further layoff,  I am thrilled to find that my lively Pom seems no different than if he’d simply had a fortnight’s holiday! But both of us are … Continue reading

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